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In a stunning announcement, The United States and United Kingdom are likely set to began "controlled" power cuts in preparation of a giant solar storm.
The announcement by Thomas Bogdan, the director of the US Space Weather Prediction Centre, comes a week after a large scale solar flare released a massive amount of radiation and threatened to cause moderate disruption.
The solar flare on June 7th, 2011 was luckily pointed away from Earth but caused many to wonder if another solar flare is imminent, this one aimed directly at earth.
Now, due to the possibility of a large scale solar flare, officials in Europe and the United Kingdom are preparing what they call, "controlled" power cuts. What this actually means remains to be seen.
In an interview with The Independent, Bogdam was quoted as saying, "controlled power "outages" will protect the National Electricity Grids against damage which could take months or even years to repair should a large solar storm collide with the Earth without any precautions being taken."
Interestingly enough, this information also comes just days after NASA sent out a preparedness warning to all employees and their families.
Last year NASA warned about that solar flares were on course to cause massive devastation.
"Senior space agency scientists believe the Earth will be hit with unprecedented levels of magnetic energy from solar flares after the Sun wakes "from a deep slumber" sometime around 2013," The Daily Telegraph reported in 2010.
Scientific America also is also running a compelling article on the subject. The article covers the fact that last weeks solar flare has "illuminated" the power grids vulnerabilities and reflects on the outcome of a massive solar storm.
"If the solar storm of 1921, which has been termed a one-in-100-year event, were to occur today, well over 300 extra-high-voltage transformers could be damaged or destroyed, thereby interrupting power to 130 million people for a period of years," Joseph McClelland, director of the Office of Electric Reliability at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, said at a May 31 House Energy subcommittee hearing on the issue.
The fact that NASA was partly founded by former Nazis and has a long history of cover ups also remains very relevant. Is this a real threat for the very near future or is some other sort of space event on that horizon?